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Chinese President Xi Jinping , left. His government continues to persecute the faithful  (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Stop demolishing churches and stop trying to control Christianity – you cannot fight God

Cassiana Severino holds her daughter Melisa Vitoria, born with microcephaly at the IMIP hospital in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Brazil talks of ‘a huge national mobilisation’ against the mosquito but this is likely to remain but a dream as the government has repeatedly failed the governed

The San Francesco di Paola in Naples

Despite the sadness and despair, and the traffic, the city remains a great jewel

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Notorious murderer Pietro Maso has revealed to the press his communication with Francis

Alexander Litvinenko, former KGB spy and author of the book "Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within". He died in 2006, from poisoning (AP Photo/Alistair Fuller, File)

Litvinenko was a British citizen and our prime minister needs to show moral courage

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu (PA)

The Catholic Church needs to abandon the idea that the Anglican Communion is some sort of unitary body

Demonstrators protest against the sexual assaults in Cologne. Honesty is required in this subject  (AP Photo/Juergen Schwarz)

Unfortunately, in the present climate, the conversation seems unlikely

James Norton as Prince Andrei in War and Peace (BBC)

The new War and Peace is a disaster

The BBC’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel is thin and shallow

A special edition of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly paper,  released last week

L’Osservatore Romano is right to protest when Charlie Hebdo blames God for the carnage of last year

Activists protest against the proposed statutory amendment legalizing the euthanasia of young children in 2014 in Brussels (CNS photo/Julien Warnand, EPA)

The thin end of the wedge has proved true in the ex-Catholic country